Tuesday, August 28, 2012




‘Nuisance raid’ on Bristol kills 44

A passing newspaper photographer took these images moments after the raid on Bristol on 28th August 1945.

When I walked past the three buses, I heard the sound of a single-engine aircraft far above in the clear blue sky — it was a lovely summer’s day then. It never crossed my mind that it was an enemy plane; it had been eighteen months since the last major German air-raid on Bristol. Yet the lone raider was from the Luftwaffe; maybe returning from a raid in the North with one bomb left, which he decided to jettison before homing to his base airfield.